The lanky form of Charl Schwartzel filled televisions across the globe when he birdied the final four holes at Augusta National to win the Masters in 2011. He was stoic on that path to victory and it’s time to see the world number 17 contend once again.
While most players of Schwartzel’s calibre are praised across the media, this Vereeniging local is categorised as an outside pick for 2014. It’s a strange scenario for the 29-year-old, because he is certainly talented enough to run away with another green jacket.
The hardest person on Charl Schwartzel is Charl Schwartzel. He repeatedly criticizes his form, which is something he has done during tournaments that he has won by more than 10 shots. That self-determination is a window into the skill of Schwartzel, who knows that he can play golf as well as anyone in the world.
At Augusta next week he’ll need to turn that ethic into confidence, and the course where he won his major should give him the shove needed to do it.
At the Masters last year he faltered at the weekend and went on to tie for 25th place, but it was a decent result considering the enormity of the tournament. It’s odd that a Masters winner does not contend in his future trips down Magnolia Lane, and this year Schwartzel is shaping up as a serious threat for the title.